This Father’s Day our family is a little scattered. My parents are visiting family in Illinois, and Travel Man just got on a plane for Philadelphia. So today we won’t be having the usual family get together, and that’s ok. Times change, everyone is on the go, and life rolls on.
However, today I wanted to send some love out to my Dad, and share a few insights with you. I was going to write a post about “Dadisms”, and make a list of things that I could remember my Dad saying growing up. But my list became very short because there are only two meaningful “Dadisms” that will always bring my Dad to mind.
The first one was “It’s natural to be nervous”. Remember those times when you had to make a speech in front of the class at school, or you were about to do something that took you totally out of your comfort zone? That’s when my Dad would chime in, in his calm and caring voice, “It’s natural to be nervous”. Those simple words would put my mind at ease, and I knew everything would be ok.
The second “Dadism” which was an endless source of entertainment for us was a famous Rodney Dangerfield line, “I get no respect.” My Dad used this line over and over when we were in our twenties. We would gang up on him with smart alack remarks and sarcasm, especially at the family parties. Eventually at some point during our get together we’d heard my Dad saying, “I get no respect around here.”
My Dad, he’s the family CEO, the rock of Gibraltar, and the calm in the storm. There are so many things he’s done for our family I could be here all day making a list. For me, I just want him to know how big an influence he has been in all our lives. My greatest wish is for my own sons is to be as fine a man as my Dad.